COSLA response to Scottish Government financial support due to bad weather

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has this afternoon welcomed the announcement that Ministers will consider financial assistance for local councils under the Bellwin Scheme as a result of the weather that has hit Scotland so badly this week.

Councillor Evison said: "Scottish Borders Council requested that the Bellwin scheme be triggered and it is good to see that the Scottish Government has responded so quickly and so positively.  

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Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:00

Scottish Local Government needs long term sustainable funding

Scottish Local Government needs long term sustainable funding COSLA has said.

COSLA reiterated that pay remains a major issue now that expectations have been raised by the removal of the Public Sector pay cap.

Commenting today (Wednesday) COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “Our ask is simple and straightforward.  

“As a sector, Scottish Local Government needs the confidence and assurance that long term sustainable funding helps bring.  

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Wed, 21/02/2018 - 01:01

COSLA comment on council reserves

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The use of reserves like all other budgetary decisions is rightly and properly a matter for local discretion based on local need and circumstance.”

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Tue, 23/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on Scottish Budget

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “As part of the consultation process around the budget, local government is aware that there is an issue in relation to the individual calculations for councils.

"We understand that revised figures will be issued by the Scottish Government to councils either today or tomorrow. We do not know the implications for individual councils.

"We have pressed the point to the Scottish Government about the urgency to get revised figures out to councils as soon as possible and without any further delay.”

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Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on local government settlement

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA's position on our budget settlement has been well documented in our Fair Funding for Essential Services document.

"We remain concerned about the local government settlement and the impact it will have on local government services and the communities we represent.

"We are taking a further report to Leaders at the end of this week. (Friday)

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Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:00

Accounts Commission report reinforces COSLA call for Fair Funding

Today’s (Tuesday) Overview Report from the Accounts Commission is a timely and accurate reflection of the precarious financial position Scotland’s Councils finds themselves in and explains clearly why this year, more than ever, Scotland’s Councils need a fair settlement from Scottish Government.

Commenting today (Tuesday) COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“The Accounts Commission is correct.

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Tue, 28/11/2017 - 08:53

COSLA comment on pension funds

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The Scottish Local Government Pension Funds make investment decisions in line with their fiduciary duty and legal obligations. Accountability lies entirely with the Pension Funds and their respective Pension Committees with regard to the decisions made.”

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Wed, 08/11/2017 - 18:00


A spokesperson for COSLA said: “Discussions with the Scottish Government over the local government settlement for 2018/19 are underway and clearly pay inflation will be an important part of this. There is a rising level of expectation over pay being created  through the removal of the public sector pay cap in Scotland.

"We anticipate learning the outcome of these talks in mid-December when the Finance Secretary Mr Mackay discloses his proposed budget and with that the local government settlement."

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Fri, 27/10/2017 - 17:00


A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomed the new power to introduce rates relief locally. It is nonetheless entirely at Councils’ local discretion whether to use these powers and any relief offered needs to be paid for. This therefore has to be understood within the current challenging financial environment for local government.”

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Mon, 23/10/2017 - 17:00


A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “COSLA is in talks with the Scottish Government regarding the spending review and will be presenting a strong case that Local Government cannot sustain further cuts, as experience over the last two years, without significant impact on services and jobs, and most importantly the communities we serve to protect. 

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Mon, 09/10/2017 - 17:00